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         Common Investment Pitfalls and Traps

Investing your money can be a daunting task. The road to finding the right investment for you can be littered with confusion that can translate into high costs and worst yet—significant financial loss and fraud.

Be a victor and not a victim!  A few simple actions can potentially help investors sidestep the financial devastation promoted by a con artist or unscrupulous investment professional.  Here are some common pitfalls to avoid:

Commissioned salespeople posing as impartial advisers with “credentials.”


Lack of disclosure regarding uninsured products sold at banks.

 Poor quality of oral and printed disclosure about investment products.

 Hidden derivatives in funds touted as “safe.” 

 Account statements that do not clearly indicate performance, fees, and commissions. 

 Unauthorized investment products sold by a registered securities salesperson.

 Sales pitches with exaggerated claims about guaranteed profitability within a short time period.
Read more about how to avoid the common investment pitfalls that may trap you.  To order free brochures and videos, visit the Investor Resource Library, General.